His goal: world domination

By Times Staff Writers
Published October 28, 2007

SAFETY HARBOR - It's not hard to find Danny Gorman's house these days. Banners hang from the garage and trees welcoming Safety Harbor's hometown hero back from Asia.

On Oct. 13 in Tokyo, Danny scored a game-winning goal in overtime for Team U.S.A. to beat a heavily favored French team and win the Power Soccer World Cup.

In power soccer, players use motorized wheelchairs, their fronts protected with a metal guard and their top speed limited to 6.2 mph, to pass and shoot an oversized ball.

Now a junior and member of the National Honor Society at East Lake High School, Danny started playing wheelchair soccer in 2004. He was the youngest member of Team U.S.A.

"I thought it was like really cool (to) get out there," said Danny, who has Duchenne muscular dystrophy and has not walked since he was 10. "It was the only sport I can play."

Eileen Schulte, Times staff writer

Kiran project morphs into hotel, time-shares

CLEARWATER - The owners of a long-stalled Clearwater Beach resort and condominium development say they will redesign the project and are looking to a major Miami-based builder for help.

Tampa entrepreneur and philanthropist Dr. Kiran Patel and the Related Group are negotiating a partnership that would change the scope of the $250-million Kiran Grand Resort and Spa.

"The condominiums are out," Patel said. "It's too fluid a situation with them."

In their place, he said, "we're going more toward a transient-hotel type of development."

"We hope to have a deal signed in the next few weeks," Eric Fordin, senior project director for the Related Group, wrote in an e-mail to the Times.

Fordin said the South Florida developer would be the general partner and that the project, just south of the beach roundabout, would become more focused on providing overnight accommodations.

Original plans were for a resort 150 feet tall and 500 feet across with 350 condo-hotel units and 75 condos.

The new project would consist of a 250-room hotel with 200 timeshares, according to Fordin.

Mike Donila, Times staff writer

Foes of Wal-Mart file appeal with city board

TARPON SPRINGS - Opponents of a proposed Wal-Mart Supercenter overlooking the Anclote River lost a battle Thursday, but they are already pressing forward on another front.

The Friends of the Anclote River and Suncoast Sierra Club representatives had hoped to persuade the city's Technical Review Committee to delay reviewing proposed changes to Wal-Mart's site plan.

But after meeting for more than three hours, the committee approved the plan with some revisions and conditions.

Still, the fight will go on. Opponents this week filed an appeal with the city's Board of Adjustment, contending that changes in the site plan are major, not minor, as the Technical Review Committee has labeled them.

These latest rounds of jousting come more than two years and eight months after an all-night City Commission meeting where commissioners voted 3-2 to allow Wal-Mart to build a 24-hour supercenter on the east side of U.S. 19.

Theresa Blackwell, Times staff writer